Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (The Home Crafters)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
PENSACOLA - Lots of stitches put in with lots of love.
That's how they describe what they do.
For more than three decades, one woman has led this group in making creations from the angels in our midst.

Linda Burke is the last of the original members of The Home Crafters.  She gathered the first group of ladies 35 years ago.

Linda Burke, Home Crafters, Founding Member
"To give them purpose. To encourage our seniors to give back to the community where they've been so blessed."

The girls, as she calls them, meet every Monday.  Their hands stay busy crafting gifts for dozens of charitable organizations.

"They have served over 300 thousand people in this community."

Alzheimer's Family Services and Covenant Hospice.

"They get mad and if they want to throw it against the wall, they can and it doesn't hurt them."  

Quilts, lap blankets and treats for Council On Aging seniors. 

"We fill them with flavor for water, tea, chocolate, apple cider and coffee." 

The list almost endless; from the elders to specially knit caps for the littlest ones.

"They will go to the newborn nursery at Sacred Heart Hospital."

Miss Linda taps into every member's talents to meet any special needs in the community.

Ronnie Gonzalez, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator
"She'll talk to someone at Hospice and find out what a dying patient would need and what a family member would need, and then she creates something."

They fulfill that purpose Miss Linda talked about.  And that has its own rewards.

"To see one smile on one face of our ARC clients, is worth everything in the world."

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